What if I tryout for Classic and don’t get selected?
Player evaluations will be forwarded to the ABYSA Challenge division for U11 – U14. Players will then be contacted by the Challenge division and may be asked to attend to a Challenge tryout following the conclusion of Classic tryouts. Some players will be offered positions in the Challenge program based upon their performance in Classic tryouts; however, participation in Classic tryouts does not guarantee a player a position in the Challenge program.
When will I be notified?
Following the second group tryout, coaches will decide which players will be offered positions on which teams. In the event that there are still decisions to make, coaches may have a third tryout in the age group. We will do our best to notify players within 7 days after the last tryout in their age group.
How long do I have before I need to accept an offered position? What if I am uncertain?
You have 7 days to accept your position using the online link. If a position is not accepted within 7 days, it may be offered to another player.
If you are undecided about accepting an HFC position, please mark that box on the registration form and provide a brief explanation of the reasons for your uncertainty. An ABYSA Director will contact you to discuss your concerns so that teams may be formed as quickly as possible following the tryouts. In the event that you choose not to accept an offered position, we need to know within the 7 day period following the offer so that the position can be offered to another qualified player.
How are teams in the older boys (U15-U18) age groups selected?
Players in this age group are trying out in May for a team that will not compete until at least December. Much development can occur over the course of those 6 months, and it is important that all players are given the best opportunity to make an HFC team. Positions that are offered after the May tryouts will be offered to players on the Red team only. The balance of players not selected to the Red team will be invited back for another evaluation in November, following high-school playoffs. After the November tryouts, the remaining positions will be offered to players on Red and White teams.
What is the difference between Red, White, Black, and Silver teams?
The color designation for team names was chosen to give teams singular identities. Red, White, Black and Silver are the official colors of the ABYSA competitive programs.
The Red team is the first team in an age group. The White, Black, and Silver teams are composed of Classic level soccer players who are committed to improving and competing at the Classic level but who are not at the level of the first team.
Who will be the team coach? When will I know?
We always hope to be able to name team coaches by tryouts, but that is not always possible for every team. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of coaching to the players in the Western North Carolina area. Sometimes highly qualified coaches who want to be involved with our program have other professional obligations or schedule conflicts which cannot be sorted out until after tryouts are completed. In such cases, there may be a delay in naming the coach, but teams will know about their coach by the time training begins in mid-July.
What if I can’t make both days of tryouts?
If players only attend one day of tryouts, coaches will have only that one day to evaluate them for a position. If coaches feel that further evaluation is required before making a decision, players may be invited back for another tryout or even asked to train with a team for a couple of sessions prior to deciding if a roster position will be offered.
Can I play up an age group?
Team coaches and Directors will address this issue with individual players and families. Several factors go into this decision, and the situation is re-visited every year. No player can tryout in an older age group without permission from the Director of Coaching.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Men’s Director of Coaching
828.299.7277 ext. 310
Girl’s Director of Coaching
828.299.7277 ext 303
To register for Classic Soccer tryouts, click here